22 May 2011

Stamp storage idea


I'm feeling quite proud of myself as I've come up with a new way (new for me anyway!) to store my clear, and unmounted, stamps.

And I'd like to share.  :)

Here's a pic:

If you'd like to know what I did, read below for some basic instructions.

You'll need
  • A ring-binder folder - a nice big one, preferably with more than two rings.
  • Clear plastic page protectors
  • A4 card (or letter-sized if you are American)
  • Sewing machine & thread
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler & pencil
On the A4 card, rule straight lines.  (In the pictures I'm going to show, I've ruled mine into 8ths.  But I've done other pages ruled into halves, or quarters, or any combination of the above!)

Place the card into the page protector, and then stitch along the lines.  Below is a pic of my stitched page.

Then, using your craft knife, very carefully cut a slit only through the plastic layer for each "pocket" on your page.  I like to cut at least about 5 to 8 mm away from the stitching, and I curve the cut up at each end.  I hope you can see what I mean in the couple of pics below.

Then it's simply a matter of putting the stamps into the pockets!

One thing that I love about this is that I can create my pockets any size that I would like.  Here's a page done into quarters, holding some of my beautiful Whiff of Joy stamps.

And I can mix & match sizes on the one page.

Hope this helps!


I've discovered that it is best NOT to sew more than one divide vertically (ie no more than two pockets going across), or the page buckles too much.  Especially when putting in the thicker unmounteds that are attached to EZMount.  Going vertically, I've divided it into 5 rows with no problem.

02 May 2011

Anniversary Card

This is a late anniversary card that I made for my husband.  There was just too much happening around the time of our anniversary, and I didn't get to make the card for him then.  I'm fairly happy with it.

I'm submitting this to Dustin's current challenge.  The criteria is to use two of the colours from his blog header.  But it doesn't say to use only two!  So I think I'm okay with the blue, brown and red (the critters on his blog header have red noses!).

  Inspiration: from this beautiful card by "Jane's Lovely Cards".
  Image: from Dustin Pike
  Coloring: colouring pencils and baby oil.  Edges shaded using ordinary felt pens.
  Other Stamps: "Delicate Leaves" by Hero Arts; Star burst, Unknown; Rose bush Topiary by PSX.
  Other details: Happy Anniversary is a sticker.

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